Mountain of Cash – Sunday Photo Fiction – 10-11-15

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly writing challenge where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction using around 200 words. The piece doesn’t have to centre around exactly what the photo is, it can be just used as a basis for a story.

copyright – Allistair Forbes


The table was surrounded by men with hard faces. These were the kind of men that demanded results from anyone who received their money. John and Alex Rosenbaum had contracted to move the hill out of the way of their new interstate lanes. But that was before the discovered the granite base below. Now they were back to ask for another check to cover the unexpected cost.

“Excuse me for not understanding, but didn’t you do a preliminary study to determine what you would face?” The chairman of the board asked.

“We did,” John answered.

“What did that study tell you?” another member queried.

“There was no evidence of the granite,” Alex replied. “But you have to consider we removed one hundred million cubic feet of earth to get to this point.

“Gentlemen, we contracted with you to remove the entire obstruction. Tell me why we should write you anything more.”

“Either you do, or your interstate stops here,” John told the chairman.

John and Alex stood as the board conferred. The chairman frowned and then nodded agreement.

Walking out of the building broad smiles found their way across the brothers faces.

“Where did you get that picture again?”

“Some dude named Allistair Forbes, they have no idea that hill is somewhere across the pond.”


8 thoughts on “Mountain of Cash – Sunday Photo Fiction – 10-11-15

  1. Oh no, Al’s photo is being used for nefarious purposes! Funny story, well done. Although I’m a little worried about what might happen to John and Alex if their ruse is discovered. Those board members don’t seem like the kind of guys to take it sitting down, uh-oh!


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